Cresswell’s reputation has soared while away

West Ham’s defence has been very open and it’s been a real worry.

West Ham’s defence has been very open and it’s been a real worry.

To score twice against Watford and West Brom but lose both has been hard to take, and Slaven Bilic must be scratching his head wondering what has gone wrong. I suppose only time will tell if this has been down to us not having Aaron Cresswell and – to an extent – Carl Jenkinson or a permanment, experienced right back.

There are some players who you don’t know how good they are until they are injured and out of the side. Cresswell is incredibly steady and his absense could be key to explaining why we’ve been so poor.

At the moment it feels like every little mistake being made is being punished but players are making poor decisions at the wrong time. You’d have hoped aft er the defeats to Chelsea and Manchester City – games we probably weren’t realistically expecting to win with the amount of money they have spent over the summer – that we would have kicked on.

When you looked at the fixture list for September you’d have hoped for between four and six points from the Watford and West Brom games but now is the time for the boys to show character. One thing is certain, however, with the quality we have in the squad we should be doing a lot, lot better. Hopefully September won’t have dented our confidence too much.

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